Pacific Women's Basketball: Amy VanHollebeke Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
University of the Pacific Director of Athletics Lynn King has announced the hiring of Amy VanHollebeke as women's basketball assistant coach.
"We're really happy about bringing Amy on our coaching staff," said Women's Basketball Head Coach Lynne Roberts. "Amy was a great player here and one that I thoroughly enjoyed coaching. I'm confident that having a Pacific graduate and alum from our basketball program will greatly help us in continuing to recruit quality student-athletes. Amy brings an enthusiasm and competitiveness to everything she does and that is contagious to those around her. Her work ethic and desire to be a coach are going to enable her to jump right in and hit the ground running. Most importantly though, Amy has a sincere passion and commitment to Pacific and this basketball program. I think our fans and supporters are really going to enjoy getting to know Amy in this new role as an assistant coach."
"I am very excited and looking forward to this opportunity to be part of the women's basketball program again," said VanHollebeke. "I really enjoyed my experiences as a student-athlete at Pacific and am a proud Pacific Tiger. I have developed great relationships with the campus community through Recreation, Sports Sciences, and University Advancement. In addition, I was able to extend my educational opportunity beyond Pacific as I interned at Stanford University with their Athletic Compliance Services Staff. I am thrilled to be able to learn from Coach Roberts and this coaching staff, help contribute to the success of the Women's Basketball program, and start my career with Pacific Athletics."
A Tiger for two seasons, VanHollebeke was team captain in each season at Pacific. She played point guard for the Tigers, running the offense for the team as an extension of the coaching staff. One of the top point guards in the Big West during her two seasons at Pacific, Amy finished her career with one All-Big West selection, earning the honor as a junior as she earned honorable mention honors. In her first year at Pacific, VanHollebeke led a Tiger attack that ranked No. 1 in the Big West, scoring 69.2 points per game. With VanHollebeke at the point, the Tigers ranked No. 3 in shooting percentage at .409 and No. 4 in assists 13.86 per game with Amy dishing out 3.41 assists per game. As a senior, VanHollebeke and the Tigers' finished the year second in the conference in scoring at 64.0 points per game while Amy posted 3.80 assists per game, a mark good enough for third in the Big West.
Prior to Pacific, Amy played two seasons at Chico State, where she led the Wildcats to two straight Division II NCAA tournament appearances, including a Final Four appearance and a school record 14 consecutive wins as the Wildcats' starting point guard her sophomore year in 2006. During that season, Amy averaged 9.8 points per game while dishing out 3.4 assists per contest.
Amy graduated in 2009 with a degree in sport management from Pacific. Although she left the program after her senior year, Amy did not leave Pacific. She has been working on her master's degree in sport sciences, and interned with Ted Leland, University of the Pacific's Vice President for External Affairs.